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Testing New Treatment for Epilepsy Patients

Location of the seizure onset zone varies in each patient. The procedure to locate it begins with surgical insertion of electrodes.

Seizure Onset Zone Located Immediately, Dealt With

 

University of Houston associate professor of biomedical engineering Nuri Ince, who pioneered a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to detect the seizure onset zone (SOZ) in the brain, has been awarded $2.3 million by the National Institutes of Health to expand his testing in a large number of adult and pediatric epilepsy cases.

Blood Clotting Proteins Discovered as Biomarkers of Lupus Nephritis

Lupus nephritis is one of the most frequent and severe clinical manifestations of lupus, representing a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Photo courtesy: GettyImages

Finding Could Lead to Better Clinical Disease Monitoring

 

University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is reporting in Arthritis Research and Therapy that clotting proteins, both those that promote blood clots (pro-thrombotic) and those that work to dissipate them (thrombolytic), are elevated in the urine of patients who suffer from lupus nephritis (LN).

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

By examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons, biomedical engineering Professor Joe Francis found that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward. Photo courtesy: GettyImages

Findings Could Help Seamlessly Integrate Prosthetics

 

A University of Houston engineer is reporting in eNeuro that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons, called the local field potential.

Researchers Developing Early Detection, Home Monitoring Tests for Lupus Nephritis

Early detection and monitoring of kidney nephritis, or inflammation, in patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, known simply as lupus, is under examination at UH. Photo courtesy: GettyImages

Transformative Research Empowering Patients to Monitor Themselves

 

With $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering biomedical researchers are moving the needle on early detection and monitoring of kidney nephritis, or inflammation, in patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, known simply as lupus.

Understanding Congenital Heart Defects To Prevent Them

Determining how hearts develop in utero is critical to understanding congenital heart defects.

UH Engineer Using Optical Equipment to Watch Heart Develop

 

To understand cardiovascular failures, the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in infants, UH professor of biomedical engineering Kirill Larin is teaming up with Baylor College of Medicine professor of cellular and molecular physiology Irina Larina on a chicken and egg hunt.

Stool Proteins to Predict Inflammatory Bowel Disease

At left, Chandra Mohan, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor of biomedical engineering, with graduate student Sanam Soomro

Method Less Invasive, Less Expensive than Colonoscopy

 

University of Houston researcher Chandra Mohan is set to make a breakthrough in predicting and monitoring inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). With $347,490 from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, he and IBD expert Subra Kugathasan, a gastroenterologist at Emory University, are examining stool protein biomarkers that indicate the disease.

Mission: Possible — Mapping Dangerous Terrain

UH researchers are testing prototypes for the project in Brays Bayou.

UH Engineers Focus on Degradable Reconnaissance Vehicles and Evasive Drone Maneuvers

 

Ensuring military forces have up-to-date information about a potentially hostile region offers obvious advantages, but current methods for doing that – especially along shorelines, where underwater mines and other hazards can pose serious risks – all have drawbacks. It is especially difficult if keeping the technology out of enemy hands is a priority.

NSF CAREER Winner Sheereen Majd to Improve Drug Delivery

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UH Engineer Awarded for Developing Ideal Nanosystem for Therapeutic Applications

 

The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Houston biomedical engineer Sheereen Majd the CAREER Award and $500,000 to improve nanoparticle drug delivery. Majd’s research is focused on tailoring nanoparticle drug carriers to target a selected group of cells affected in different diseases while sparing other cells.

Researchers Report Better Way to Create Organic Bioelectronics

This image demonstrates conducting polymer microcups used for organic bioelectronics and drug delivery applications.   Credit: Milad Khorrami & Mohammad Reza Abidian, University of Houston

New Fabrication Technique Allows More Control Over Electrical Properties

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle

With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

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